Airships Could Revolutionize Food Transportation in Alaska
Residents of Alaska rely on airfreight for so much of their basic necessities, including food. In the near future, airships could play a major role in the transportation mix, particularly for isolated villages. About 200 communities across the state are inaccessible by road.
The potential for airships in transporting food and other cargoes was explored during a recent gathering of airship manufacturers in Anchorage.
Thermo King Receives EPA and CARB Certification for 2013
Transport refrigeration manufacturer, Thermo King, is the first to receive Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification for 2013 engines greater than 25 horsepower without the use of a diesel particulate filter.
In comparison to the interim Tier 4 standards, these regulations require an engine to be 37 percent cleaner for particulate matter and 90 percent cleaner for nitrogen oxides.
“Customers can now keep their transport refrigeration units longer than seven years, and, if they do decide to sell, values should remain higher because no incremental investment will be required,” commented Doug Lenz, director of product management and marketing for Thermo King. “Throughout the life of the units, they will have a more sustainable solution, which is increasingly important for customers who need to respond to corporate-wide commitments to sustainability.”
These new 2013 engines will be available in the Precedent platform in January 2013.
Maersk Raises Reefer Rates by 30 Percent
In September, Maersk Line, the world’s largest container line, announced a 30 percent rate hike on refrigerated containers in a bid to restore profitability.
The company’s chief executive, Soren Skou, made the announcement during a recent cold chain logistics conference in Antwerp, Belgium. He said the liner was raising rates by $1,500 per 40-foot unit starting on January 1, 2013.
Skou explained that over the past seven years Maersk’s reefer rates had not even kept up with inflation and over the past 18 months they have lagged rising bunker fuel costs.
Green Roof Grows Energy Savings at Sysco
A green roof installation at a Sysco foodservice facility in Vancouver, Canada is reducing annual cooling costs at the facility by 7 percent. The patented Green Living Roof, designed by Green Living Technologies International (GLTi), was installed in March 2010.
In addition to the 7 percent reduction of annual cooling costs, it is also estimated that even more energy savings could be achieved if the HVAC system was downsized.
Wine Shippers Preparing for East Coast Port Disruption
Even though contract talks between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) of dockworkers and the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX), which operates all East and Gulf Coast ports from Boston to Houston, have been suspended until the end of the year, wine and spirits shippers aren’t taking any chances with their supply chain.
Jim Lisa, import director at Kobrand, told an industry publication that his contingency plan includes diverting imports “that we deemed urgent over to the West Coast and then have them moved [by rail] to the East Coast for our distributors.”
Meanwhile, specialty food importers are very worried about a possible strike because they don’t have the resources to divert freight.
Old Dominion Turns to Solar for North Carolina Warehouse
Old Dominion Freight Line, based in Thomasville, NC, has implemented a 160,000 square-foot rooftop solar panel system at one of its warehouses—the third-largest of its kind in North Carolina.
Solar energy firm SunEnergy1 was tapped for the project.
The system, which has been operating since late December, can produce more than 2.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year—enough to offset more than 90 percent of the building’s electricity while reducing Old Dominion’s carbon footprint.
A total of 7,600 individual solar panels are installed on the roof.